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EVENT: National Day of Action for Electoral Reform

On one of my favourite photoblogs Elastic Novice, I came across this image by Meggan Gould. From her “Blackboards” series, it included the following passage: “Layers of communication and time build up, accumulate, and are systematically obliterated.”
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Humbled Liberals Could Lead on Policy

The final week of the 41st general election found me in Toronto, volunteering on the re-election campaign of my former employer, the Honourable Ken Dryden, in his


Voting In The 2011 Federal Election: A How-To Guide

May 2nd is right around the corner, which means if you are a Canadian citizen and are over the age of 18, you still have time to make


On Partisanship and Democracy

Federal elections are a difficult time for Canada's political leaders to set priorities. Not all issues can be addressed, some policies will remain the same, and others will

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Is Something Happening to Canada’s Democracy?

Well, after almost one week, I think it's safe to say that the 2011 federal election truly reflects the disconnect between Canadians and the political parties. This week's


Since when did Coalition become such a dirty word?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s relentless fear mongering over the idea of a coalition government seems to reflect his belief that if you repeat something long and loud


Will this Election Bring Real Change?

Another federal election has been finally been called. This will be Canada's fourth in seven years. We all suspected this was coming. There could be no other reason that


Mikhail Bakhtin and the Importance of Dialogue

Well, it looks like we could be gearing up for a federal election in May. Yesterday, the Conservative Government handed down it's 2011 federal budget. The Liberal Party

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Canadian Taxpayers Federation Compares Canada’s Debt to Troubled European Countries

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is a federally incorporated, not-for-profit citizen’s group dedicated to lower taxes, less waste and accountable government. The CTF recently launched a new

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A take on Harper’s game: You Win Some, You Lose Some

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s response to the two rulings of breached parliamentary privilege by the Conservative government was unexpected, unsettling, and infuriating. My initial reaction of outrage was

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Canada’s Out, Harper’s In

The Toronto Star reported today that the federal Tories have officially rebranded "The Government of Canada" as the "Harper Government." While the shift is not universal, with the Vancouver

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Best Senate Ever

Jack Layton is weighing in on Senate reform (again) today. What he's doing, as election speculation turns to certainty, is reminding Canadians that Stephen Harper and

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Usage Based Billing and Pre-Emptive Electioneering

When news broke a few weeks ago of the federal Conservatives’ decision to overturn a recent CRTC ruling that allowed major telecom companies to impose usage-based billing

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Public Broadcasting and the Power of Definition: How Canada Can Learn From Egypt

On Friday, February 10, 2011, the world’s eyes were fixed firmly on Egypt. A news bulletin early in the day had announced that Hosni Mubarak would

Following this story takes gigs, but that’s okay

Just the headlines are enough to give three cheers for peace, order and good government. Industry Minister Tony Clement announced today that the federal government is

Tunisian billionaire wants refugee status in Canada, Cannon says

But Foreign Affairs Minister notes PM has 'indicated that these people are not

Tunisian billionaire wants refugee status in Canada, Cannon says

Canada has moved to get brother-in-law of Tunisia’s ousted dictator out of the

Demonstrators across Canada rally in support of Egyptian protesters

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon urges government to limit use of force when controlling

Canada urges Egypt’s Mubarak to bring in reforms, promote democracy

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon urges government to limit use of force when controlling

The dangers of treating food as a strategic asset

To make the world peaceful, we need to make bread more plentiful. It’s the stuff of

Flaring their nostrils, pawing the ground, seeking a breakthrough

For all the manoeuvrings of the past five years, none of the parties has budged in public

Ottawa calls on Mubarak to avoid violence

Protesters’ concerns must be addressed, Foreign Affairs

How about giving job-creating tax cuts only for jobs that are actually created?

Conservative minority Government House leader John Baird told reporters this past Monday: “We are reducing taxes for businesses because it creates jobs.” But is this really

Ted Morton and his ‘phony Conservatives’ look to rebuild

Many who formerly supported him are now Wildrose sympathizers, members, or

Ted Morton and his ‘phony Conservatives’ look to rebuild

Many who formerly supported him are now Wildrose sympathizers, members, or

Canada moves to extradite, freeze assets of exiled Tunisian billionaire

Ottawa explores its options to expel Belhassen Trabelsi, brother-in-law of ousted Tunisian

Canada set to extradite, freeze assets of Ben Ali

Legal options being explored to brother-in-law of ousted Tunisian president, says foreign affairs

Tougher rules needed to meet greenhouse gas emissions target, Kent warns

Canada only a quarter of the way to meeting 2020 goal, Environment Minister

In Ottawa, expatriate Egyptians add their voices to call for change

Peaceful and hopeful, demonstrators are convinced ‘this regime will go

Meet Mark Holland, public enemy No. 1 for Tories

Conservatives love to hate the Liberal point-man on crime - and they’re desperate to poach his Toronto-area

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